UN / UKRAINE GENERAL ASSEMBLY VOTE

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Exactly one month since the start of the war in Ukraine, one of the most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crises of modern times, the UN General Assembly overwhelming adopted a resolution on the ‘humanitarian consequences of the aggression against Ukraine.’ UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

24 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. Med shot, screen showing voting by country
4. Med shot, result of voting: 140 in favour, 5 against, 38 abstentions
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:
“It's a fresh paint on the moldy rotten structure of the Assembly, where the paint isn't actually paint but the blood of Ukrainian children, women and defenders. Let's spare the Assembly from this shame. Let's prove that the Assembly is still a solid structure, and we are the United Nations that have been wise enough to avert imminent disaster.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mathu Joyini, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations:
“Africa has experienced its fair share of these proxy wars and their destructive outcomes. We therefore empathize with the people of Ukraine who find themselves caught up in a conflict, not of their making. War, and the use of force is never a solution to international disputes, irrespective of which countries are involved. Once war has begun, it is imperative that all of us work towards peace. It is for this reason that South Africa is of the view that right now, we should be more concerned with ending the war and addressing the humanitarian plight of the people that are impacted by it.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
9. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
"Mr. President, I think there's no point going into the details of why Russia has voted against this draft pseudo humanitarian resolution presented by the Western Allies and Ukraine because it was put forward exclusively to once again condemn Russia and to apply different labels to us as a response to those who are ready to sign to the one sided view of the situation."
10. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
11. Pan left, United States ambassador walking to stakeout podium
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“Today, once again, the world stood united – it stood united in the face of President Putin’s unjustified and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Together, a strong majority of UN Member States made clear that Russia – Russia – bears sole responsibility for the grave humanitarian crisis and violence in Ukraine. Together, we called for the protection of all civilians fleeing the conflict and for steps to mitigate the increase in food insecurity caused by this senseless war. And together, we reaffirmed the UN Charter.”
13. Wide shot, United States ambassador leaving stakeout
14. UPSOUND (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“Ending the war. That is what’s next.”

STORYLINE:

Exactly one month since the start of the war in Ukraine, one of the most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crises of modern times, the UN General Assembly overwhelming adopted a resolution on the ‘humanitarian consequences of the aggression against Ukraine.’

The resolution was co-sponsored by 90 countries, and received 140 votes in favour, 5 votes against, and 38 abstentions. The General Assembly had agreed in advance that a two-thirds majority of those voting and present would be needed to adopt the resolutions.

The General Assembly then held a procedural vote on a motion to take action on a draft presented by South Africa on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, without making any reference to Russia. The Assembly made the decision not to vote on the South African draft, with 50 votes in favour of voting, 67 against, and 36 abstaining.

Prior to the procedural vote, Ukrainian ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya said the draft presented by South Africa is not about his country, adding that his delegation was not consulted on the draft. He said the draft represents “fresh paint on the mouldy rotten structure of the Assembly, where the paint isn't actually paint but the blood of Ukrainian children, women and defenders.” He called on Members of the General Assembly to spare it ”from this shame,” prove that the “Assembly is still a solid structure, and we are the United Nations that have been wise enough to avert imminent disaster.”

Earlier, South African ambassador Mathu Joyini said, while the Assembly should not ignore the context that gave rise to this crisis in Ukraine, this should not divert its focus from what it should be immediately doing, namely ending the war by calling for a cessation of hostilities.

Joyini stressed that war has no winners, adding that the real heroes are those that work towards peace.

The South African ambassador stressed that the vast majority of countries in Assembly have never invaded or colonized other countries yet have suffered the consequences. She said there are few powerful countries that have been party to most conflicts, often in the form of proxy wars in other countries or regions.

Joyini said, “Africa has experienced its fair share of these proxy wars and their destructive outcomes. We therefore empathize with the people of Ukraine who find themselves caught up in a conflict, not of their making. War, and the use of force is never a solution to international disputes, irrespective of which countries are involved. Once war has begun, it is imperative that all of us work towards peace. It is for this reason that South Africa is of the view that right now, we should be more concerned with ending the war and addressing the humanitarian plight of the people that are impacted by it.”

The South African ambassador said her country remains steadfast that an atmosphere of dialogue, mediation, and diplomacy is the only path to deescalate the current conflict.

Russian ambassador Vasily Nebenzia said the countries that have promoted the adopted resolution countries were silent about what he described as crimes commitment by Kyiv against its own people.

Nebenzia said there was “no point going into the details of why Russia has voted against this draft pseudo humanitarian resolution presented by the Western Allies and Ukraine because it was put forward exclusively to once again condemn Russia and to apply different labels to us as a response to those who are ready to sign to the one-sided view of the situation."

Speaking to reporters, United States ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, “Today, once again, the world stood united – it stood united in the face of President Putin’s unjustified and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Together, a strong majority of UN Member States made clear that Russia – Russia – bears sole responsibility for the grave humanitarian crisis and violence in Ukraine. Together, we called for the protection of all civilians fleeing the conflict and for steps to mitigate the increase in food insecurity caused by this senseless war. And together, we reaffirmed the UN Charter.”

The US ambassador said Russia has tried and failed to undermine Ukraine at every turn, in the Security Council and in partnership with others in the General Assembly. However, she stressed that, once again, the United States and other nations across the globe have stood together in solidarity with Ukraine to hold Russia accountable.

Thomas-Greenfield said the resolution was an astounding success, adding that it would have an impact on the ground by giving encouragement to the Ukrainian people and identifying what needs to be done to support Ukraine with humanitarian assistance.
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